In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant

This object is a carriel, it’s typical in Colombia. This one belongs to my father, who’s from Colombia. The word carriel derives from the English word carry all. It’s usually by a man so that they can carry the basic needed things.
  It has about 12 pockets and one of them is supposed to be a secret pocket in which farmers used to hide their money from their wives so that they could get beer on the weekend.  It is usually hand made from pig skin leather, and the flap on the cover made of horse or cow fur. They used to carry toothbrushes, toothpaste, pen and notepads, medicine, nail clipper and pocket knife.
  I chose this item because I want to learn about my culture and my father got it on one of his trips to Colombia. He came to America when he was 18, and he got the Carriel so he can have something typical from his country. 
  This helps me see that in Colombia people are very resourceful, and they like to be prepared for anything. That's why they carry most of the things that someone needs in an emergency.
I was wondering if people killed the horses and cows to get the fur. I hoped they didn’t though. But my father told me that they use the skin of the animals that were already dead for the meat that we eat.
It is a very nice looking object and it makes me proud of my family and my culture.

Place(s): Colombia


Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant